IMOCA OCEAN MASTERS
For the past 45 years, the world’s greatest sailors have written some of the most inspiring histories of human adventure, sailing single-handed around the world, non-stop and unassisted.
The IMOCA (International Monohull Open Class Association) class was founded in 1991 to establish a structure for regulating the technical aspects of solo and double-handed ocean races. Headed by the skippers and their teams, the class supports and promotes legendary races such as the Vendée Globe and the Barcelona World Race. IMOCA is now one of the strongest classes in the world, with over twenty active teams involved.
OSM and IMOCA jointed forces to launch the IMOCA
Ocean Masters World Championship, a two-year cycle that encompasses all today’s main ocean racing events (Vendée Globe, Barcelona World Race, Route du Rhum etc.), along with new races introduced specifically for the IMOCA60s.
By organizing new races in key regions around the world, such as the USA or Asia, OSM aims to promote ocean racing to new audiences and new sponsors the world over.
Designed first and foremost to sail the Southern Ocean, the IMOCA60s are some of the fastest ocean racing monohulls in existence.
They are also floating laboratories, developing solutions that will later find applications in modern yachting: swing keels, asymmetrical spinnakers, bowsprits, powerful hulls, foils and more, but also renewable energy, state of the art communications technology and active safety devices.
The design of the IMOCA60 class is subject to certain box rules: length 60 feet (18.28 m), maximum beam 5.85 m, air draught (29 m), draught, righting moment, stability tests at different angles, etc.
The latest modifications to the rules are intended to improve safety margins on the two most sensitive elements of the boat: mast and keel. Both are now standardized and apply to all new boats in build. At the same time, teams in the process of building new boats have explored several new avenues, including the replacement of conventional dagger boards by foils designed to give greater lift and lighten the boat in the water.
The head-to-head between the foilers and the traditionalists results in totally different racing strategies, so radically different are the advantages on either side.
Maximum length: 18.28 m (60 feet)
Maximum beam: 5.85 m
Maximum draught: 4.50 m
Air draught: 29.00 m
Unladen weight: open
Upwind and downwind sail surface: open
Limited to four ballast tanks, standardised mast, standardised keel blade, limited to five appendices, up to nine sails allowed on board…